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Part of speech: Preposition

In front of; coming first in space, time, or rank; in presence or sight of; earlier than.

Part of speech: Adverb

In front; in advance; previously; formerly; already.

Part of speech: Conjunction

Sooner than; rather than.

Usage examples "before":
  • " I did not understand before. - "A Christmas Posy", Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth.
  • And- one thing more- there was time before him. - "Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France", Stanley J. Weyman.
  • He was there before her. - "The Garden Party", Katherine Mansfield.